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  • 664 Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar on: Prebiotic Molecules in Space and Origins of Life on Earth
    2018-03-19 to 2018-03-23, Bad Honnef, Germany

    How life originates is one of the outstanding questions of humankind. Different scientific communities, from astrophysicists to planetary scientists, from geochemists to biophysicists, all share the common aim of understanding how life on Earth originated and if life exists elsewhere in the Universe. Despite these common goals, it has been difficult to join forces and focus on the ‘big picture’, as different background and terminology often hinder fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations. In this conference, we plan to bring together astrochemists working on the production of prebiotic molecules in space and their delivery to planet forming regions, Solar System scientists working on the chemical composition of the most pristine material such as comets and primitive meteorites, the exoplanetary atmosphere community, geochemists working on the primitive Earth and its conditions to host life, biophysicists working on the very first steps that assembled prebiotic molecules into the macromolecules used by terrestrial life. We believe that fostering communication and interaction among the various groups is a pre-requisite to succeed in our quest on the origins of life.

  • "Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules" Symposium
    2018-04-09 to 2018-04-13, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

    "Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules" Symposium will be held on April 9-13, 2018, hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA. This symposium is a major international interdisciplinary conference in the emerging area of astrobiology covering astrophysical, physico-chemical, atmospheric and geological aspects of environments of early terrestrial planets with a focus on the impacts of the young Sun`s space weather on the precursors of life.

    General Topics
    • Evolution of Space Weather from the Sun
    • Magnetic Protection of Early Terrestrial Planets: Escape Processes
    • Atmospheric Pressure of Early Earth, Mars and Venus: Space Weather Impact
    • Faint Young Sun paradox and current atmospheric models
    • Impact of ionizing radiation on atmospheric chemistry and surface of the early Earth, Mars and Venus
    • Ionizing radiation dosage on surfaces of early terrestrial planets: survival of biopolymers
    • Early Earth`s oceans under the young Sun
    • Pathways and traces of prebiotic chemistry on terrestrial planets and exoplanets
    • Pathways to complexity: from simple molecules to RNA
    • Synthesis of organic compounds of biochemical importance in reducing and neutral atmospheres
    • The interplay of the different subsystems on early Earth and Mars for the origin of life
    • Evolution of earliest stages of life and its traces left in the geological record of Earth and Mars
    • Global and local environments around great oxidation event and traces on Earth
    • Origin of biogenic conditions on exoplanets

  • SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
    2018-04-13 to 2018-04-15, University of Nevada, Reno

    Announcing the second meeting of a new academic group devoted to the exploration of broad questions surrounding the search for life beyond Earth and the future of life in space. Our emphasis is on issues relevant to the underlying science, but that can’t be fully addressed by science alone. These range from social and ethical questions such as “What are our ethical obligations to alien life?” and “How can we leverage the popularity of astrobiology to improve science education?” to theoretical questions within science such as “What exactly is ‘life’ anyway?” and “What can be predicted about how extraterrestrial life might evolve and develop?” Our ultimate goals are to further research in these areas and provide a ready pool of experts to help organizations pursuing projects in space better think through the implications of their work. For more information, see the website from last year’s inaugural meeting: Submit abstracts (300 word max) by August 15th to Kelly Smith: kcs(at)

  • VAAM Jahrestagung 2018
    2018-04-15 to 2018-04-18, Wolfsburg, Germany

  • 15th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA
    2018-05-27 to 2018-06-01, Aussois, France
    Early-bird registration: 2018-04-15

  • Astrobiology Australasia Meeting 2018
    2018-06-25 to 2018-06-29, Rotorua, New Zealand

  • EANA 2018
    2018-09-24 to 2018-09-28, Berlin, Germany
    Abstract submission deadline: 2018-07-01
    Early bird registration deadline: 2018-07-15
    Late registration deadline: 2018-09-17

  • International Astronautical Congress
    2018-10-01 to 2018-10-05, Bremen, Germany

    The whole area of space research is discussed in many interesting sessions. Of specific interest to EANA members may be session A1.6: Astrobiology and Exploration

    A new era of space exploration will soon expand into a global endeavour to achieve highly ambitious goals such as establishing human bases on the Moon, journeys to Mars and the construction of new infrastructures in space. Astrobiology plays a key role in the strategic search for organic compounds and life on Mars and other planetary objects in our solar system and can provide support in the preparation of human exploration endeavours. The session invites papers of astrobiological content supporting future robotic and human exploration missions.

  • Ninth Moscow International Solar System Symposium (9M-S3)
    2018-10-08 to 2018-10-12, Space Research Institute (IKI), Moscow

  • Deep Life In Buried Salt Deposits - A EU COST MEDSALT Training school
    2018-12-09 to 2018-12-16, University of Essex

    Goal: provide training in microbiology and geochemistry needed to investigate life in buried salt deposits: lectures, laboratory practicals and an underground experience!

    The EU MEDSALT COST action will support the participation of about 20 trainees with a fixed grant to cover travel and accommodation costs.

    Application deadline: 2018-06-15